Single Tree Forest Populus Replicare
These beautiful quaking aspens, most of which are about a century and a half in age, sit comfortably in their one hundred and six acre expanse in Utah. They are, however, not trees. Rather, they are all stems of one vast tree, connecting underground in a colony of clones to create a single organism weighing over six thousand tons.
Long before humanity began to form it’s first words, the rootsystem that now reaches up with its 4,700 branches had already been alive. For eighty thousand years, this plant has grown and expanded its reach through the landscape, sitting safely below ground as intermittent forest fires would pass, wiping out the rival conifers in the area, only to send up new shoots thereafter to reclaim its ground.